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After a year that saw a number of attacks on live music events, the Brothers Osborne, Eric Church and Maren Morris paid tribute to the victims at the Grammys Sunday night with a performance of Eric Clapton’s “Tears in Heaven.”
The Osbornes, Church and Morris all performed at the Route 91 Harvest music festival on Oct. 1, where a shooting left 58 dead and 851 injured.
The Grammys performance was intended to “honor the memory of the music souls so suddenly taken from us,” Morris told the Grammys audience. She noted that 81 people had died enjoying music in 2017.
“May they all rest in piece,” John Osborne added.
Projected behind the performers during the Clapton cover were names of victims from the 2017 attacks.
“Live music events have always provided a safe space for fans to gather in a shared celebration of music. Sadly, that wasn’t always the case this past year,” president and CEO of the Recording Academy Neil Portnow said in a statement announcing the tribute on Jan. 18. “We believe it’s incredibly important to pay tribute to those who lost their lives in these senseless tragedies, and to remind musicians and music lovers alike that live music will continue to be a powerful force that unites us all.”
The Brothers Osborne and Church are nominees at the Grammys this year, while Morris is a former nominee.
In the lead-up to the ceremony, Morris spoke up about changing legislation on American gun laws: “You don’t have to think all these same ways to consider yourself country or consider yourself American,” she told The Guardian earlier this week. “Our careers shouldn’t be on the chopping block for speaking up about tighter gun restrictions.”
Among the most deadly acts of violence at music events this year were the Jan. 1 shooting at the Reina nightclub in Istanbul, which killed 39; the May 22 suicide bombing in Manchester, England, after an Ariana Grande concert that killed over 20 people; and the shooting in Las Vegas.
Artists including Kendrick Lamar, Lady Gaga, Kesha and Bruno Mars performed as Corden hosted the 60th annual Grammys at Madison Square Garden in New York City on CBS Sunday night.
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